Four women officers will attend the prestigious one-year DSSC course, which paves the way for higher ranks in the armed forces. Another woman officer has been placed in the “reserve list” for the Defence Services Technical Staff course, while the sixth has been shortlisted for the Administration and Logistics Management Course/Intelligence Staff Course.
Overall, around 1,500 Major and Lt-Colonel-rank officers from the Army take the exam every year for the 260 seats for the force in the tri-Service DSSC. They included 22 women officers from the Army this year. The IAF has around 80 seats and Navy 50 for the course, which is also attended by around 60 officers from other countries. DSSC graduates are awarded a master’s degree in defence and strategic studies from the University of Madras.
“Out of four women officers selected for the DSSC, one is the spouse of an officer who has also cleared the exam. They will be the first couple to attend the course together at Wellington, which will begin in April 2023,” an officer said.